Robert W. Messler Jr.

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Messler received his Ph.D. in physical metallurgy in 1971 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After 16 years in industry, 11 at Grumman Aerospace and 5 at Eutectic-Castolin, he returned to Rensselaer in 1984 to serve for 7 years a Technical Director and Associate Director of the Center for Manufacturing Productivity. He joined the faculty in 1991 as Associate Professor and Director of the Materials Joining Laboratory, was tenured in 1997, promoted to Professor in 1999, and appointed as Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs for the School from 1999-2004. Professor Messler has authored 4 technical books in welding and joining, and over 140 papers in diverse areas of materials processing, joining, design, manufacturing, and engineering education. Dr. Messler teaches materials and processes selection and application of materials within design, multidisciplinary courses in welding and joining, principles of failure analysis, and materials science for engineers; for which he has receiv


Ph.D. Physical Metallurgy (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1971), B.S. Metallurgical Engineering (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1965)

Research Focus
  • Welding
  • Metallurgy
  • Microstructures
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Select Works
  • Problem-solving for Engineers 101: Time-tested and Timeless Techniques (2012)
  • Essence of Materials for Engineers (2010)
  • Integral Mechanical Attachment: A Resurgence of the Oldest Joining Process, Robert W. Messler, Jr., Elsevier (Butterworth-Heinemann), April-May 2006
  • EB Welding on the F14: The Greatest Story Never Told! (2007)